Chris Haseman

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Chris Haseman
Born (1969-06-02) 2 June 1969 (age 49)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Other names The Hammer
Nationality Australian
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Division Light Heavyweight
Reach 74 in (188 cm)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Stafford, Queensland, Australia
Team RINGS Australia
Rank black belt in Japanese Ju-Jitsu
Years active 1996–2004, 2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 37
Wins 20
By knockout 2
By submission 14
By decision 3
Unknown 1
Losses 17
By knockout 7
By submission 4
By decision 6
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Chris Haseman
Medal record
Submission Wrestling
ADCC World Championship
Bronze medal – third place 1999 -99kg

Chris Haseman (born 2 June 1969 in Brisbane, Queensland) is an Australian mixed martial artist. Haseman is currently signed with Fighting Network RINGS and is a longtime veteran of the promotion (1995 - 2012). Regarded as a pioneer of MMA in Australia he competed in Australia's first MMA show along with events such as the UFC and the World Fighting Alliance.


Fighting Network RINGS[edit]

Coming from a background in karate, amateur wrestling and Japanese jujutsu, Haseman was signed up by RINGS as the head of their Australian branch. He had his debut in mixed martial arts outside the promotion, however, fighting vale tudo exponent Murilo Bustamante in Martial Arts Reality Superfighting. Although he lost by strikes in little more than a minute, his next bouts were more successful; taking part in Australia's Caged Combat 1 tournament, Haseman submitted two consecutive opponents by taking them down and ramming his chin into their eye sockets, and it took another vale tudo veteran, Mario Sperry, to knock him out.

After returning to RINGS, Haseman fought professional wrestler Alexander Otsuka and won by doctor stoppage after controlling the bout. He then participated in a February 1998 RINGS Holland event, where he fought kickboxing and sambo expert Valentijn Overeem to a decision that eventually went to the latter.

He also competed in ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, winning the bronze medal at the 1999 edition at +99kg.

Haseman eventually was chosen to participate in RINGS's first world mixed martial arts tournament, King of Kings 1999. His opponent would be the renowned Japanese fighter Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, who came from fighting multiple bouts in Ultimate Fighting Championship. Haseman controlled the first round, executing repeated armlock attempts on a defensive Kohsaka, but the Australian was unable to finish him, and this carried to the second one, where Kohsaka took over the grappling exchanges. Entering the third round already tired, Haseman turtled down and continued fighting from the position, only for the Japanese to counter him and grind him with strikes. The match ended with Haseman defending a guillotine choke attempt, and it saw the judges eventually awarding the split decision to Kohsaka. Although eliminated from the tournament, Haseman won a bonus fight, submitting American wrestler Brad Kohler by armbar from the bottom in 1:11.

The rest of 2000 was an active year for Haseman as well, submitting most of his opponents and fighting to a decision with future UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes. In September, he was defeated by fellow UFC champion Jeremy Horn in the first time Haseman fell on a submission move.

He returned at the next edition of King of Kings, being pitted first against Carlson Gracie trainee Carlos Barreto, who outweighed him by 30 pounds. The bout was primarily fought on the feet, with Barreto enjoying the reach advantage and cutting Haseman on his forehead with a punch, though also with Haseman returning the favour with a right hook that downed the Brazilian. At the end, Haseman won by unanimous decision after controlling the last round. Haseman next faced professional wrestler Yoshihisa Yamamoto, but the match turned into an upset when the latter, who had been consistently dominated except by an armbar attempt, hit several glancing leg kicks that damaged Haseman's leg. Chris lost by KO and was eliminated.

Haseman later competed at the RINGS 2001 Middleweight Championship Tournament, where he choked out famous ADCC competitor Alexandre "Cacareco" Ferreira before falling to Gustavo Machado. His last bout in RINGS would be against Fedor Emelianenko.

Late career[edit]

Chris later competed against Evan Tanner and retired after losing to Canadian Bill Mahood in Spartan Reality Fight series 9 in 2004. Four years later in 2008, he returned to the sport and earned an 18-second knockout win over Japanese Yuji Hisamatsu.

Haseman was scheduled to return to the octagon in 2010 for a rematch against Elvis Sinosic at UFC 110, the first UFC event to be held in Australia.[1] However, just a day before the fight, Sinosic was forced to withdraw with a shoulder injury.[2]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Fighting Network RINGS
    • 1997 Light Heavyweight Championship Tournament Runner Up[3]
    • 2000 Rising Stars Middleweight Tournament Runner Up [3]
    • 2001 Middleweight Championship Tournament Semifinalist [3]
    • 2001 Absolute Class Tournament Runner Up[3]
  • Ultimate Caged Combat
    • 1997 Caged Combat 1 Tournament Runner Up

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 20–17 Gennadiy Kovalev TKO (punches) Rings – Reincarnation 9 March 2012 2 0:28 Tokyo, Japan
Win 20–16 Yuji Hisamatsu KO (spinning back kick) FWC 1: Return of the Hammer 15 November 2008 1 0:18 Australia
Loss 19–16 Bill Mahood TKO (corner stoppage) Spartan Reality Fight 9 3 April 2004 3 1:16 Australia
Loss 19–15 Akihiro Gono Decision (majority) ZST 2 – The Battle Field 2 9 March 2003 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 19–14 Mike van Arsdale TKO (strikes) WFA 3: Level 3 23 November 2002 2 3:10 Nevada, United States
Loss 19–13 Evan Tanner Decision (unanimous) UFC 38 13 July 2002 3 5:00 England
Win 19–12 Yukiyasu Ozawa Submission (kimura) Premium Challenge 6 May 2002 1 6:24 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 18–12 Fedor Emelianenko TKO (strikes) Rings: World Title Series Grand Final 15 February 2002 1 2:50 Yokohama, Japan RINGS 2001 Absolute Class Tournament Finals
Win 18–11 Egidijus Valavicius Submission (armbar) Rings: World Title Series 5 21 December 2001 1 3:08 Yokohama, Japan RINGS 2001 Absolute Class Tournament Semifinals
Win 17–11 Koba Tkeshelashvili Decision (unanimous) Rings: World Title Series 4 20 October 2001 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan RINGS 2001 Absolute Class Tournament First Round
Loss 16–11 Gustavo Machado Decision (unanimous) Rings: 10th Anniversary 11 August 2001 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan RINGS 2001 Middleweight Championship Tournament Semifinals
Win 16–10 Alexandre Ferreira Submission (guillotine choke) Rings: World Title Series 2 15 June 2001 1 3:03 Yokohama, Japan RINGS 2001 Middleweight Championship Tournament First Round
Loss 15–10 Yoshihisa Yamamoto TKO (strikes) Rings: King of Kings 2000 Block B 22 December 2000 1 3:51 Osaka, Japan
Win 15–9 Carlos Barreto Decision (unanimous) Rings: King of Kings 2000 Block B 22 December 2000 2 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Win 14–9 Joe Slick Decision Rings Australia: Free Fight Battle 12 November 2000 1 10:00 Australia
Loss 13–9 Jeremy Horn Submission (armbar) Rings USA: Rising Stars Final 30 September 2000 1 2:36 Illinois, United States RINGS 2000 Rising Stars Middleweight Tournament Finals
Win 13–8 Yasuhito Namekawa Submission (kimura) Rings USA: Rising Stars Final 30 September 2000 1 1:30 Illinois, United States RINGS 2000 Rising Stars Middleweight Tournament Semifinals
Loss 12–8 Matt Hughes Decision (unanimous) Rings: Millennium Combine 3 23 August 2000 2 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Win 12–7 Jermaine Andre Submission (toe hold) Rings USA: Rising Stars Block A 15 July 2000 1 1:23 Utah, United States RINGS 2000 Rising Stars Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinals
Win 11–7 Matt Frost Submission (armbar) Rings USA: Rising Stars Block A 15 July 2000 1 0:30 Utah, United States RINGS 2000 Rising Stars Middleweight Tournament First Round
Loss 10–7 Iouri Bekichev KO (punch) Rings Russia: Russia vs. The World 20 May 2000 1 2:30 Ekaterinburg, Russia
Win 10–6 Yasuhito Namekawa Submission (guillotine choke) Rings Australia: NR 4 19 March 2000 1 6:50 Australia
Win 9–6 Brad Kohler Submission (kimura) Rings: King of Kings 1999 Final 26 February 2000 1 1:11 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 8–6 Tsuyoshi Kohsaka Decision (split) Rings: King of Kings 1999 Block B 22 December 1999 3 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Win 8–5 Willie Peeters Submission (kneebar) Rings: Rise 5th 19 August 1999 1 3:13 Japan
Win 7–5 Masayuki Naruse Submission (kimura) Rings: Rise 2nd 23 April 1999 1 8:18 Japan
Win 6–5 Yasuhito Namekawa Submission (arm triangle choke) Rings: Rise 1st 20 March 1999 1 7:42 Japan
Win 5–5 Dick Vrij Submission (rear naked choke) Rings Australia: NR 3 7 March 1999 1 5:17 Australia
Loss 4–5 Kenichi Yamamoto Submission Rings: Third Fighting Integration 29 May 1998 1 12:39 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 4–4 Valentijn Overeem Decision (unanimous) Rings Holland: The King of Rings 8 February 1998 2 5:00 Netherlands
Loss 4–3 Mitsuya Nagai Submission (heel hook) Rings – Mega Battle Tournament 1997 Semifinal 1 25 October 1997 1 9:18 Japan
Win 4–2 Alexander Otsuka TKO (doctor stoppage from a cut) Rings – Extension Fighting 2 22 April 1997 1 7:03 Japan
Loss 3–2 Mario Sperry Submission (strikes) Caged Combat 1 22 March 1997 1 1:12 Australia Caged Combat 1 Finals
Win 3–1 Elvis Sinosic Submission (chin to the eye) Caged Combat 1 22 March 1997 1 2:47 Australia Caged Combat 1 Semifinals
Win 2–1 Hiriwa Te Rangi Submission (chin to the eye) Caged Combat 1 – Australian Ultimate Fighting 22 March 1997 1 0:55 Australia Caged Combat 1 First Round
Loss 1–1 Murilo Bustamante TKO (corner stoppage) MARS – Martial Arts Reality Superfighting 22 November 1996 1 1:01 Alabama, United States
Win 1–0 Willie Peeters N/A Rings – Budokan Hall 1996 24 January 1996 N/A Tokyo, Japan


  1. ^ Cage king challenges Australia to a fight.
  2. ^ The Official Website of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®. UFC (26 November 2013).
  3. ^ a b c d "Pro Wrestling History". 

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